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Phillip Walker

#94 Phillip Walker, Class of 1997

I still remember the thrill of seeing my first computers in elementary school. Today, I’m an entrepreneur and proud alumnus of College of the Desert (COD) and have been able to follow my passion all the way to the top of the high tech industry. But it hasn’t been easy. When I graduated from high school, I took the Greyhound bus to COD with nothing but a backpack and a trunk with everything I owned in it. Now I’m running Network Solutions Provider (NSP), one the fastest growing technology integrators in the country. And it started at College of the Desert.

As a basketball student athlete at COD, I learned discipline and determination and earned the Charles Spartro Student Athlete Award. I was able to put that drive to work after graduating and transferring to a four year college in northern California. I could see the Oracle Building from campus. That view became my vision for the future.

Nearly fifteen years later, I launched my own internet provider company and was able to land a series of partnerships with major telecommunications companies.

I was named among the top ten most influential African-American entrepreneurs in the United States by Inc. Magazine in 2011 and 2012, and my company also made Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 List the last two years running.

It was College of the Desert that helped pave the way for my future. Support from Donni Prince in the Veteran’s Office as well as Coach Springer and Coach Marman in the Athletics program helped encourage and push me to realize my dreams.

Thanks, COD.